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New York Times report earliest damage reports passed through Amateur Radio

2017-09-20 17:58:09

The New York Times has reported via an audio post that Amateur Radio was a primary source for initial damage reports from Dominica. The storm-ravaged Caribbean Island nation of has approximately 70,000 residents. US-based ham Julian Antoine, J73JA, who can be heard on the audio, solicited reports via a VoIP connection with the J73MAN repeater on Dominica....
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W1AW to Resume its Normal Transmission Schedule on Thursday Morning

2017-09-20 17:56:28 #ARRL #HamRadio

Silent Key - Bob Ledford - WA4IDI

2017-09-18 16:51:09

I just received this email from Darrell... Very sad news and Bob will be missed....

With heavy heart I'm sad to report that Bob Ledford, WA4IDI, is a silent key as of about 3:00am today.     Anne reports that he passed peacefully under the watchful eye of hospice.

No word yet on any services, etc., I will forward that info as received.

Darrell N4GOA

Karl Martin

IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

2017-09-18 14:48:58

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential for interference with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities and positions with regard to the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). Conference Agenda Item 9.1.6 would call for studies in advance of WRC-23 to assess the impact of WPT for electric vehicles on radiocommunication services and to study suitable harmonized frequency ranges to minimize its impact. The AC determined that addressing the threat requires an increased commitment of resources by potentially affected radiocommunication services, including Amateur Radio....
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Hurricane Irma forces DXpedition change

2017-09-18 09:58:22

Members of the Argentinian DXers Group, who were expected to be active as PJ7T from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 24th and November 4th, have cancelled their operation due to the damage done by Hurricane Irma.

The group sent out the following :
"We do apologize to inform all that the DXpedition to St Maarten PJ7T is suspended.
Hurricane Irma destroyed 95% of infrastructure on the island and it will be impossible to arrive and live there for a long time.

By this, we change the destination to San Andres Island and we are obtaining the permissions and call to operate from that island.

In the near future we will inform dates and call that we will use.
All the stations are ready to fly to San Andres Is. We will listen for you on the air soon.....

Regards to all,
Yaguarete DX Group"


PW 70MHz Contest 2017

2017-09-18 09:57:44

The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest takes place on Sunday 24th September from 13:00 to 16:00 UTC.

The rules are in the September issue of Practical Wireless or visit

15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop announcement

2017-09-18 09:57:07

Greetings CubeSat Community!

We are happy to announce that the 15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop will take place from April 30th to May 2nd, 2018 at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center!

We are hard at work making sure next year's workshop is the best one yet!

Not only have we streamlined sponsorship opportunities but we have added thousands of square feet of exhibition space including the all new Founder's Room-a beautiful 24' x 24' business casual lounge.

To stay up to date on all the changes to come, join our mailing list:
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ZD7VDE DXpedition is on again!

2017-09-18 09:56:46

Bill, G0VDE, informs OPDX that his ZD7VDE DXpedition is back on.
He has waited over a year for the Island of St. Helena's airport to start commercial fights back up again.

You may remember last year, Bill tried a few times to go to St. Helena, but the airport had issues with turbulence and windshear on approach to their runway.

Bill states [edited], "Well, they are finally starting on October 14th, and I am hoping to be on the first commercial flights to St. Helena after all!
I am planning to stay for one week for this trip, and will be operating SSB and some Data (maybe even FT8!).
As before, I am staying in self-catering accommodation a couple of miles from James- town, on a plateau above the town with a good take-off to the W, N and E.

"The radios I am planning to take are FT-991 and FT-891 and a Juma PA1000, with a vertical antenna and a variety of wires, dipoles and fiberglass supports....
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Tickets for the 2018 Orlando HamCation is now available for purchase!

2017-09-17 08:36:09

Purchase Tickets

Online or In-Person

Tickets are available for purchase through our online system, by postal mail, and at the event during the days of the event. Online ticket sales and mail-order ticket sales end January 31st, 2018. DO NOT MAIL a ticket request in after this date.

Ticket Prices
HamCation tickets are valid for all 3 days of the event. Tickets are 'per-person'. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Online Tickets and mail-order tickets purchased (postmarked) by December 31st, 2017: $15
  • Tickets purchased after December 31st, 2017 and at the gate: $17

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE HOTLINE, FOR TICKET ORDERS. The hotline is for information purposes only.

To be eligible for the early-bird ticket prize you must make your ticket purchases on or before January 15th, 2018. Each ticket will also be entered into the HamCation prize drawings for the Grand prize, Saturday prize, Sunday prize, and the hourly prize drawings. If you have additional questions about tickets please contact us.

FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

2017-09-15 16:40:15

The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission’s March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands — 630 meters and 2200 meters. Notice of the action appears in today’s edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, that they plan to do so, and if UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation.

Last March 27, the FCC adopted the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) implementation Report and Order (ET Docket 15-99), amending its Amateur Radio rules to — in the FCC’s words — “provide for frequency-sharing requirements in the 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200-meter) and 472-479 kHz (630-meter) bands.”...
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New 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth World Record Set

2017-09-15 16:39:49

A new 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth (EME or moon bounce) world record has been set. On September 9, Rex Moncur, VK7MO, and Jim Malone, WA3LBI, completed a 18,949.4-kilometer contact using QRA64D. This extends by approximately 600 kilometers the previous world record of 18,337 kilometers held by DL7FJ and ZL1GSG, who used CW.

The participants said the key was to find locations with nearly 0° take-off, which essentially means across water. VK7MO operated from OF76nk at Meelup in Western Australia; WA3LBI operated from FM28io in Delaware. Both stations operated portable. Coincidentally, “Meelup” is an aboriginal word meaning “place of the rising Moon.”

VK7MO ran 50 W to a 1.13-meter dish using linear polarization. WA3LBI ran about 125 W to a 2.4-meter dish, RKI feed by Bert Moderman, circular polarization, mounted on a trailer. The loss in going from linear to circular polarization was somewhat less than the expected 3 dB, due to depolarization at the Moon surface (probably around 2 dB)....
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World Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee Looking Ahead to WRTC 2022

2017-09-15 16:39:28

As preparations are under way for the next World Radiosport Team Championship event — WRTC 2018 in Germany next July — the WRTC Sanctioning Committee is already looking ahead to potential locations for WRTC 2022. The committee is responsible for evaluating requests to host a WRTC event and selecting the winning applicant. It’s hoping to announce the host for WRTC 2022 at the WRTC 2018 closing ceremonies next summer.

“Like the international Olympics, it is important to provide continuity for the WRTC program and give the radiosport community as much time as possible to prepare for each event,” Sanctioning Committee President Tine Brajnik, S50A, said in a news release. “Thus, it is appropriate at this time to begin the process of considering where WRTC 2022 will be held and who will make up the organizing committee.”...
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Potential need for Amateur Radio operators

2017-09-15 12:15:53

Potential need for Amateur Radio operators to provide communications support in the Florida Keys.

Solar wind stream sparks geomagnetic storm

2017-09-15 12:12:42

Earth is entering a stream of high-speed solar wind flowing from a hole in the sun's atmosphere.

First contact with the stream on Sept. 14th produced a moderately strong (G2-class) geomagnetic storm, ongoing at the time of this alert.

If the storm continues, high-latitude sky watchers could see auroras after local nightfall on Sept. 14/15.

Visit for more information and updates.

FMRE National Emergency Net Active in Mexico

2017-09-15 12:12:23

In view of the arrival of Hurricane Max on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, the FMRE National Emergency Net has activated as of 1300 local time. The net requests support from stations with the ability to handle traffic requests and emergency warnings. The net is operating on 7.060 MHz and 14.120 MHz as well as via IRLP reflector 9200, channel 08.

The National Hurricane Center reported at 2100 UTC that Max was making landfall along the coast of Eastern Guerrero. Heavy rains and flooding are expected across the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 80 MPH (130 kilometers/hour). In addition,

Tropical Storm Norma is developing off southern Baja California. At 2100 UTC, Norma was 215 kilometers southeast of Socorro Island and 360 kilometers south of Cabo San Lucas, moving to the north at 9 kilometers/hour. The National Hurricane Center reports that Tropical Storm Norma is strengthening gradually. — Thanks to IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P


A Reminder for ARRL Volunteers

2017-09-15 12:12:04

As requests are received asking for Amateurs to travel to the areas affected by Hurricane Irma, ARRL officials are reminded that to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act or the MoU between ARRL and the American Red Cross, requests for volunteers must be submitted through established ARRL/ARES channels.

Volunteers wishing to offer their services in disaster relief need to go through the proper established channels. Any self-deployment or requests made outside of the established channels are not covered under ARRL's agreements and may not be subject to the provisions of the Volunteer Protection Act. — Thanks to Dan Henderson, N1ND, ARRL Regulatory Information Manager; Assistant Secretary, the American Radio Relay League, Inc

Cassini spacecraft makes its final approach to Saturn

2017-09-14 17:56:02

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere on Friday, Sept. 15.

Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons – in particular Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal activity – remain pristine for future exploration. The spacecraft's fateful dive is the final beat in the mission's Grand Finale, 22 weekly dives, which began in late April, through the gap between Saturn and its rings. No spacecraft has ever ventured so close to the planet before....
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Power restored to larger areas tonight.

2017-09-13 21:36:29

I haven't confirmed yet, but Willow Run got power tonight, and I believe another 20 neighborhoods as well.

The MS Bike Ride is still on for October. If you plan to participate, be at the Volusia ARES meeting this Saturday, 1pm at the Fire Training Facillity.


Large FPL Grid out

2017-09-12 10:08:41

For those like me without power.. still... We should hopefully be back online soon.

Areas out on Grid #1 include Willow Run (Williamson to Nova North of Dunlawton, Pelican Bay, and other areas I didn't previously know were on the same grid.

Stay safe.


2017-09-08 17:37:21

ARRL has set up a temporary phone number that ARRL section leadership can use to communicate Hurricane Irma-related information or requests to ARRL Headquarters. The number will be monitored at W1AW when the station is staffed. During off-hours, the number will be forwarded to an on-call ARRL staffer. This number should also be used to report problems such as extended interference with ongoing emergency communications. The number is 860-594-0337.

Volusia ARES Radio Meeting tonight

2017-09-08 17:37:02

Tonight will be a ARES net on the 147.240 T 123 at 7:30pm.

I have been asked questions from volunteers and I think everyone should know these answers.

Shelter Map - Google Maps

2017-09-08 13:24:45

AJ4MQ: Google Maps - Shelters (Can't get information, offline)

Red Cross Shelter Map (US)

Full Screen Satellite Radar (appears to work on cell phone as well)

FPL Outage Map

Shelter Openings

2017-09-08 13:10:14

Opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 9th

  • General Shelters
    • University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City
    • Taylor Middle/High School, 100 E. Washington Ave., Pierson
    • Sweetwater Elementary School, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd., Port Orange
    • Cypress Creek Elementary School, 6100 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange
  • Special Needs Shelters (these are pet friendly for those with special needs)
    • Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave, Daytona Beach
    • Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange
    • Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange
    • Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand
    • Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona
  • General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters
    • Hinson Middle School, 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach
    • Citrus Grove Elementary School, 729 Hazen Road, DeLand
    • Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona
    • Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand

Shelter Openings

2017-09-08 12:54:39

Opening at noon Saturday

  • General Shelters
    • Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
    • River Springs Middle School, 900 West Ohio Ave., Orange City
    • Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona
    • DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand
  • General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters
    • Pine Trail Elementary School, 300 Airport Road, Ormond Beach
    • Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach

VoIP Hurricane Net to Activate

2017-09-08 08:15:31

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate at 2300 UTC Friday, September 8, until Saturday, September 9, at 0600 UTC to track the impact of Hurricane Irma, expected to affect Cuba and the Bahamas, and of Hurricane Katia, expected to reach southeastern Mexico.

A VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Hurricane Irma will restart on Saturday, September 9, at 0600 UTC, to address the storm’s impact as it departs Cuba and heads for Florida, as well as any impact from Hurricane Jose to the northern Leeward Islands. This activation will likely continue through Monday, September 11.

Although downgraded to a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Irma is expected to remain a major storm for the next several days as it moves across the warm waters between the Bahamas and Cuba and then into Florida and, potentially, Georgia and South Carolina. Hurricane Katia is expected to make landfall in southeastern Mexico this evening (September 8) and will be covered by the net as well as any impacts by Hurricane Jose to the Northern Leeward Islands on Saturday....
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Update on Hurricane Irma

2017-09-08 08:15:07

Radio Amateurs of Canada is monitoring the progress of the storms in the Caribbean and any necessary Amateur response.

The following update on Hurricane Irma is courtesy of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL):

ARRL HQ Update #2 at 1900 UTC on September 7, 2017

The ARRL Headquarters has started receiving health and welfare inquiries from family members in the Continental United States (CONUS) for the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico (PR). At this point we have not heard from anyone in PR.

Eearlier today ARRL Emergency Preparedness Assistant Ken Bailey, K1FUG, spoke with the USVI SM Fred Kleber, K9VV. Here is an update from him.

“Fred has communications capability on 80, 60, 40, 20 metres and has been in contact with the Red Cross, and getting lots of help from FEMA, National Guard, US naval ships. They are currently in the search and rescue mode on St. Thomas, St. John’s, and St. Croix all of which have been severely impacted. Work continues on evacuating people from the islands in St Thomas harbour, damaged hospitals and other buildings and providing shelter and meals in the form of MRE’s and water....
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Planet Surplus has supplies in NSB.

2017-09-07 10:16:13

Lots of calls for strapping, plastic sheeting, weatherproof bags, sleeping bags, rope, hurricane hardware. We have plenty. Stop and see us

Space Weather Prediction Center Upgrades Geomagnetic Storm Watch to G3 (Strong)

2017-09-07 08:23:35

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has upgraded its geomagnetic storm watch for today and tomorrow (September 6 and 7) to G3 (Strong).

“The G3 Watch is in anticipation of the expected arrival of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that took place in association with an M5 flare,” the SWPC said. The Center said its current analysis and forecasts indicate that the CME will arrive late on September 6, with CME effects continuing into the next day. The primary area of impact is “large portions of the sunlit side of Earth,” and blackouts for up to an hour.

Auroral displays extending down into the Midwest and lower New England have been predicted, and these conditions augur well for VHF and UHF aurora work.

A moderate (R2) radio blackout was observed on September 4 at 2033 UTC, and a strong (R3) radio blackout occurred on September 6 at 1202 UTC in the wake of a strong X9.3-class solar flare. The September 6 flare followed an X2.2 flare, also R3, at 0910 UTC....
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Great Northern Hamfest cancelled

2017-09-07 08:23:02

South Yorkshire Repeater Group have reluctantly decided to cancel the 2017 Great Northern Hamfest.

We would like to thank everyone for their loyalty and custom over the years and wish them the best for the future.

South Yorkshire repeater group would like to give due recognition to Ernie G4LUE for his tireless efforts over the last 28 years as manager of the Great Northern Hamfest and who has decided to retire from this position.…/...
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2017-09-06 20:54:46

On Sept. 6, 2017, at 12:02UT, active sunspot AR2673 unleashed an X9.3-class solar flare--the strongest solar flare in more than a decade. The explosion also hurled a CME into space, and possibly toward Earth. Analysis of the event is still underway. Visit for updates and more information about the historical context of today's remarkable flare.